Research Ethics & Compliance

For the protection of human and animal subjects...

Institutional Review Board (IRB)


The federal government and University policy require the review of all research involving human subjects. The reviews by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) are designed to safeguard research subjects' rights and welfare. Continuing projects must be reviewed and approved at least annually.The IRB will determine whether a study is exempted, eligible for expedited review, or requires a full-board review. For exempted studies, the IRB will communicate that decision within working days. For expedited reviews, the IRB will communicate with the investigator(s) within ten working days. For studies that require a full board review, the IRB will need twenty working days in order to complete the review.

If you wish to conduct research involving human subjects, follow these steps:

1. Review the following policies:

2. Complete the CITI Training for Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research

3. Submit a research petition with all research documentation (i.e., informed consent, survey instruments, scripts, debriefing documents, etc.). All documents must be submitted by the Primary Investigator, typically a supervising faculty member, to

Wittenberg's IRB is registered with the US Department of Health and Human Services (IRB00010236 Wittenberg University IRB #1; IORG0008550)

IRB Membership

  • Marie Bashaw, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Professor and Director of Nursing
  • Gabriel Courey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Economics
  • William Davis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology, IRB Chair
  • Hung-Sheng Hsu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Health and Sport Studies
  • Michelle McWhorter, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biology
  • Ann M. Stalter, PhD, RN, M. Ed, Professor of Nursing, Wright State University (Community Member)
  • Katherine Horstkotte, IRB Coordinator

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)



  • Kathy Reinsel, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology
  • Jen Parsons, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Health and Sport Studies
  • Richard Phillips, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • Ms. Morgan Bush (Student representative)
  • Brian Lokai, D.V.M. (Veterinarian)

Other Online Resources

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